How to Cool Your Synology NAS

How to Cool Your Synology NAS

Synology NAS cooling plays a fundamental role in maintaining a “perfect” system. Good heat dissipation not only prolongs the life of your NAS, but also the life of the disks inside it, whether they are HDD or SSD. Synology offers only one fan as a basic feature and the fan can be controlled directly from the DSM by following the procedure shown in the following image.

synology increase fan speed

In the control panel, go to Hardware & Power / General / Fan Speed Mode and choose the Full Speed Mode option; after that click “Apply”. Noise will increase. The disks will cool by a maximum of 1 degree, but it will no longer be possible to sleep in your bedroom because of the unbearable noise.

Thinking to myself, I decided to find an out of the ordinary solution that has not yet been used by anyone on Synology devices, but one I find really ingenious and at a good price. I bought the thermaltake 20 massive RGB, a simple Laptop cooling pad with a nice big fan in the center that works via USB. The nice thing about it is that you can choose the desired LED color, but also the fan speed. Below you can see some images showing the synology NAS together with the Cyberpower UPS.

Synology cooling

synology extreme cooling

The Thermaltake device has two USB outputs to supply it with power and turn on the LED. Do you think I used the free USB ports of my synology nas? Absolutely not. I separately purchased a USB HUB that is directly connected to electricity. In this way, I avoid overheating my Synology NAS.

Logilink USB dedicated power source

After all this work was it worth it? Absolutely yes. In just 5 minutes the temperature of the SSD disks had dropped from 30-31 degrees Celsius to 26-28 degrees Celsius. After being on for only one hour, the temperature dropped to 24 degrees Celsius, 7 degrees less at a maximum fan speed compared to initial disks temperature.

Without Thermaltake 20 massive RGB Fan:

disk ssd hot

With Thermaltake 20 Massive RGB Fan:

disk ssd cold

At this point I can say that I have a real miniature working server in the house. It’s full-option. A good cooling system, an UPS, an efficient router. What do you think of this solution; do you like it? I absolutely recommend it because it’s worth it and it will increase the life of both your disks and synology device.

This post was updated on Sunday / February 14th, 2021 at 8:39 AM